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Special Collections
Main Library Building
Michigan State University
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI, 48824
Phone: (517) 884-6471

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Special Collections was established in 1962 to hold, preserve, build, and make accessible rare materials and special collections in the MSU Libraries. All materials must be used in the Special Collections reading room to protect and preserve them for use today and in the future. Learn more about Special Collections.

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Veterinary Medicine Historical Collection

Proportions Geometrales du Cheval

“Proportions Geometrales du Cheval,” is an illustration from  Elemens d’Hippiatrique,  Claude Bourgelat’s seminal book on equine medicine. In 1761, Bourgelat founded the world’s first school of veterinary medicine in Lyons, France. The Veterinary Medicine Historical Collection in Special Collections is one of the finest collections of early veterinary medicine in the world. The collection features over 1,400 manuscripts and books covering the arts and practices of the veterinary profession beginning in the 15th century.